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Normal Mayor Chis Koos nominated to serve on the Amtrak Board of Directors

Normal Mayor Chis Koos nominated to serve on the Amtrak Board of Directors

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Passengers wait to board a northbound Amtrak train Monday, March 9, 2020, at Uptown Station in Normal. 

NORMAL — President Donald Trump is set to nominate Normal Mayor Chris Koos to serve on the Amtrak board of directors.

"I'm very honored to have been chosen to do this," said Koos. "Passenger rail has been so important to our community and I'd like to tell that story on a national level and build Amtrak into a transportation system that it has the potential to be."

Trump announced Monday in a news release his intent to nominate three people to serve his administration, including Justin Herdman of Ohio to serve as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and Sarah Feinberg of West Virginia, to serve on the Amtrak board.

Koos said the conversation began with Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Springfield asking if he would be willing to be an appointee. If approved byt eh U.S. Senate, Koos would be the only Amtrak board member from the Midwest.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, ranking member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety, said Koos was nominated for his commonsense transportation policies and his experience as a municipal leader.

"As the ranking member of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over Amtrak, I applaud the decision to nominate Mayor Koos to join the Amtrak Board of Directors," Duckworth said in a statement Monday night.  I look forward to supporting his nomination."

Contact Sierra Henry at 309-820-3234. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_sierrahenry.

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